Malda: Samarendra Samanta had returned to his RPF barracks in Malda yesterday after Jamai Sashthi at his in-laws’ home in Subhashganj, on the outskirts of Raiganj town, on Saturday.
Today afternoon, the 35-year-old Railway Protection Force constable was lynched by a group of hawkers protesting an eviction drive of the railways in the Malda town station.
Samanta, 35, had bought a one-bedroom apartment in the Bidhannagar area of Raiganj town a year ago.
His wife Pampa, a homemaker, and three-year-old daughter Narmada stayed in the apartment.
Samanta visited them on his off days, travelling a distance of 75km from Malda town.
After Pampa’s relatives came to know that Samanta had been killed in Malda, they first brought her and little Narmada to Pampa’s parents in Subhashganj.
She was told of the tragic news after reaching her parents’ home.
Pampa’s cousin Sukanta Sarkar said: “We were watching Bengali news channels and saw there was some violence at Malda Town station involving the RPF. The visuals were very disturbing. I made inquiries and came to know that Samarendra was dead. I went to Bidhannagar and brought Pampa and her daughter to her parents.”
He said after Pampa was brought to her parents, “we told her what had happened. She is in shock, as are her parents.”
Sarkar said he was making arrangements to bring Samarendra’s body to Raiganj.
Samarendra’s two brothers work in Kolkata. His parents were visiting the brothers and had been informed of their second son’s demise, Sarkar said.
“I believe that they are on their way,” Sarkar said.
“His younger brother was to be married off in a few weeks. Both his parents are ailing. That is all I can say,” Sarkar said.
Samarendra’s father is a retired railway employee.